KTEP Local
11:36 am
Mon April 6, 2015

FLORAFEST AND NATIVE PLANT SALE

The UTEP Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens present the 2015 FloraFEST – NATIVE PLANT SALE  from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, at the Museum, corner of University Avenue and Wiggins Road on the UTEP campus.  FloraFEST is the annual fundraiser for the maintenance and operation of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens and is the LARGEST sale of its kind in the region. Shoppers can purchase native plants and visit with local Master Gardeners and other plant experts for advice on how to care for their plants at home. Most of the plants sold at FloraFEST are not available at local nurseries or retailers.  This year’s theme is “FloraFEST 2015 – Celebrating West Texas” and, as a new FloraFEST feature, there will be a series of lectures and events leading up to the big two-day native plant sale. Events for FloraFEST 2015 – “Celebrating West Texas”• Exhibit: “Authentic Texas: People of the Big Bend” can be seen from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily Tuesdays through Saturdays.• Noon, Tuesday, April 21 – Author Marcia Hatfield Daudistel and Curator Scott Cutler will give a guided tour of the exhibit “Authentic Texas: People of the Big Bend”• Noon, Wednesday, April 22 – In observance of Earth Day, Lois Balin, West Texas Urban Wildlife Biologist for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will give a lecture on “Attracting Butterflies and Hummingbirds with Native Plants.”  • 10:30 a.m.. Wednesday, April 22 -- Earth Day Tour of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens. Meet at the Museum’s Front Entrance. 

  FEATURED LECTURE “Tough Beauty: Remarkable Plant Life of the Big Bend.”  – 6 p.m., Friday, April 24Gary Nored, an avid photographer and blogger of the Big Bend, will present the lecture “Tough Beauty: Remarkable Plant Life of the Big Bend” as this year’s keynote FloraFEST speaker. Nored is a full-time volunteer for the Big Bend Ranch State Park and has written two visitor guide books for the park. In addition to his photography and blog (http://aneyefortexas.wordpress.com), he is also working on a guide book of the northern Chihuahuan Desert and a young person’s guide to common plants of the area.Where: UTEP’s Undergraduate Learning Center, Room. 116.Cost: Free and open to the public. Participants will get the opportunity to preview the plants to be sold at FloraFEST 2015. Light refreshments will be served.

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